There is a new, pretty long article on Canadians who served in the Vietnam war at a site called Talking Proud. Its webmaster says it “honours service and sacrifice” and I suppose that describes the thousands of Canadians who served in the US armed forces in Vietnam. That includes me.
Canadian veterans and their supporters have built and maintain their own Vietnam Wall, called The North Wall, at Windsor, Ontario, which is just across the border from Detroit, Michigan.
There are no official numbers of us but this is known as a fact: More Canadian citizens served in the US military in Vietnam than the roughly 20,000 Americans who went to Canada to avoid service. My own research concludes there were about 50,000 of us who went to Vietnam.
One of the paragraphs in the article leapt out at me:
I knew from my school days that many Americans had joined the Canadian and British military in the early days of WWII to get in the fight while the politicians in the US were wringing their hands hoping to stay out of it.
Indeed. My father (a Canadian) signed up to serve in World War Two on Sept 3, 1939, the day after the war began. He was assigned and immediately shipped to flight school in Winnipeg. When he and the goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Bill Juzda, arrived for assignment, they were the only two Canadians in a 500-man traning squadron.
You could never say a bad word about the USA around my father.
On the other hand, he had no rose-coloured glasses. He once sent a bushel of McIntosh Red apples
to the despicable Senator Joseph McCarthy with a note:
Dear Senator, You should not come to Canada, because up here the trees are full of Reds.